The Rhode Island Community Food Bank is out with its annual report on hunger. It shows the recession is still playing a very large role in the lives of Ocean State residents.
The Rhode Island Community Food Bank is now serving 68-thousand people a month, up three percent from a year ago and an all-time high. At the same time, food donations are down by nearly two million pounds, said Food Bank CEO Andrew Schiff.
An historic Providence diner is back in business after years of painstaking restoration. The building is on the National Register of Historic Places.
The West Side Diner on Westminster Street was originally located in Olneyville. After it closed in 1999, it was slated for demolition until developer Jon Ozbek purchased and moved it. The result is a gleaming stainless steel and glass block edifice that has been fully restored to its 1947 glory. Co-owner Lisa Arena said much of the structure is original.
Providence restaurants did a brisk business this weekend as a convention of foodies descended on the capital city.
For the uninitiated, a taste trekker is a person who plans their vacations around food. Over the weekend some 150 of these people visited Providence for the first Taste Trekkers Convention. They listened to top chefs, heard lectures on subjects as obscure as Memphis barbecue and chocolate from Madagascar, and of course they ate. Matt Bowie came from Somerville, Massachusetts.
There’s no shortage of advice on healthy eating. But sometimes it seems there’s a shortage of reliable advice. Medical schools traditionally don’t offer much training in nutrition, but a new partnership between Johnson & Wales University and Tulane medical school could change that.
Help is coming to Rhode Island residents who receive food assistance, or SNAP, benefits and lost food supplies during the recent storm power outages. The U.S. Department of Agriculture will provide up to $2.1 million dollars to assist communities hit hardest by the storm.